Applications is still open for the 2021 InformationSociety Innovation Fund Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) Grants and Awards program, which this year will become one of the largest Internet development initiatives of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.
The grants and awards program empowers organizations across the Asia Pacific region to research, design, and implement Internet-based solutions to solve Internet development challenges that support community development and growth. Since 2008, ISIF Asia has provided 77 grants and 29 awards, allocating USD 3.58 million to 106 initiatives across 24 Asia Pacific economies.
This year’s ISIF Asia program will dramatically increase funding available to eligible public and private sector, academia, non-profit and social enterprise projects with USD 1.7 million available.
There are three Grants and Awards thematic areas.
• Inclusion: Initiatives that help ensure everyone has meaningful access to the Internet, online applications and services.
• Internet infrastructure: Initiatives to increase Internet speed, reduce maintenance and operational costs, and improve reliability and/or security. Under this theme, there will be a specific focus on IPv6 deployment, with a separate pool of funding available for initiatives to deploy IPv6 at service providers and other network operators accepting applications later in the year.
• Knowledge: Initiatives that develop technical capacity and/or research around Internet network operations for technical and non-technical audiences.